Fixed Broadband Penetration Gains Momentum in Latin America, According to Topical BuddeComm Report Published at

01 Jun 2016 • by Natalie Aster

LONDON – Though fixed broadband penetration rates in the Latin American & Caribbean region (LAC) region are still below the international average, and significantly so in a number of the countries of Central America, there has been a greater comprehension amid policy makers that greater broadband penetration translates into economic efficiency and GPD growth. The diverse social advantages of broadband adoption are clear, and thus social inclusion, alongside clipping the digital divide between rural and urban communities, constitutes the keystone of the national broadband strategies funded by the government. Inadequate fixed-line infrastructure in a slew of areas of the region remains underinvested, which is being addressed via a number of projects on a national scale. Governments have also supported projects which provide subsidised PCs and free Wi-Fi connectivity in an effort to tackle relatively low PC penetration rates and low usage of broadband services.

Providers are struggling with constrained revenue growth, aggravated by comparatively low ARPU and decreased buying power amid many subscribers, and with high capital cost necessary for building new and upgrading existing infrastructure. As a result, the majority fibre deployments until now have been limited to affluent suburb areas within some cities, where operators can anticipate a higher uptake of services.

Meantime, the convergence of fixed-line and mobile services, and the surging demand for over-the-top (OTT) content, has motivated operators to invest in infrastructure in an effort to develop the provisioning of bundled set of services, and so attract new clients and lessen churn. Fixed-mobile convergence allows providers to offer a complete portfolio of services to customers whilst curtailing operating costs.

Comprehensive report “Latin America - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses” drawn up by BuddeComm gives an all-round analysis of the fixed broadband sector in key countries of Latin America. For each country market, the study offers a detailed market analysis, presents statistical data with respect to fixed broadband, examines the national broadband plan (NBP), and provides extensive forecasts of broadband subscriptions up to 2016, 2018 and 2021. The study provides insights into hybrid fibre coax (HFC) networks, digital subscriber line (DSL) networks, fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) networks, and other fixed broadband services.

More studies by the publisher can be found at BuddeComm page.


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